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The Longest Pole Will Knock the Persimmon
A soldier of the Seventh Regiment of Iowa served in St. Louis in 1862. At six feet two, he was eighty years old and blind in one eye, which caused him difficulty in ...

The Longest Pole Will Knock the Persimmon

A soldier of the Seventh Regiment of Iowa served in St. Louis in 1862. At six feet two, he was eighty years old and blind in one eye, which caused him difficulty in enlisting in the Northern army. Yet, he became one of their most resourceful men. Even more impressive was his ability to quote the Bible.

He claims to be able to repeat every word of the Bible from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation, and can neither read nor write—a daughter having read the book to him, his wonderful memory allowing him to retain it after committing it to memory. The daughter commenced her reading to him at five years of age, he being then twenty-six.

When asked his opinion of the outcome of the war, the old man commented:

“Well, I think the longest pole will knock the persimmon. It may take a long time; but the North has got the most men and the most money, and it is bound to come out first best in the end … If the young men will do as I intend to do, the rebellion will be put down, for I am in for the war, or as long as I last.”

It was pointed out that “the cheerful and contented disposition of this old man might well be taken for an example by younger soldiers, to say nothing of his strict observance of discipline, or the efficiency and value of such men to the service.”

We can be cheerful only when we are at peace with God. The old soldier is an example that with Christ and his Word dwelling in our hearts we can look beyond life’s conflicts and rest in the complete assurance that all is well with our souls.

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.

Proverbs 15:13


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